Wikipedia Suppressing News

There’s been a lot of coverage of the New York Times story “Keeping News of Kidnapping Off Wikipedia.” It’s prompted discussion about balancing issues of free speech, safety, and responsibility at the Times and Wikipedia. Within Wikipedia, the discussion has only just begun, but has started off quite constructively as seen in Wikipedian Apoc2400’s proposed policy: in the short term, Wikipedia should refrain from spreading information if that information is not widely and reliably sourced, of little public interest, and is “likely to have very severe direct negative consequences.”

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